New York: Harper and Brothers, 1876. 367p., 8p. ads, first edition bevelled green cloth panelled in black, titling and sunrise device gilt. Ex libris "Library of the Walt Disney Studio" with spine numerals, pocket and loan slip (Ray Williams checked this out in 1954), pencilled Dewey info on title page, casing is edgeworn with small losses head and tail, signatures are started, a sound reading copy.
Humor in general, American humor in particular. The core of the book (pp.107-362) concerns "legislative and oratorical humor" in its varieties. The same Samuel S. Cox was anti-Abolitionist senator from Ohio, maintained his view and spoke in Congress against Abolition as late as 1864.